Tusla chief executive Fred McBride said simply removing children from a place where there may have been abuse can cause its own difficulties. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Removing children from a foster home where there has been an allegation of sexual abuse should only be done as a “last resort”, the head of Tusla, the(...)

Frustration: ‘The most common, serious form of abuse in babies is babies being shaken and when we look at the causes of that, crying is very often the trigger.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

We all know babies cry – that’s how they communicate. But until you become a parent, you may not realise how piercing and persistent a baby’s crying c(...)

A study has found an average of 221 adults a night were placed in emergency beds in the last quarter of last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Almost 3,500 homeless adults used emergency accommodation in Dublin at the end of last year, the highest number in any three-month period since the fi(...)

The ISPCC launches its #InvestInChildhood general election campaign. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Candidates in the general election must commit to improving standards of living and welfare and mental health services for the State’s youth, the Iris(...)

The Irish Deaf Society is calling for the recognition of Irish Sign Language as an official language. Photograph: Thinkstock

Minister for Children James Reilly was challenged on his knowledge of child poverty rates at a United Nations committee today. Addressing the UN Com(...)

Childline volunteers dealt with over a thousand calls, texts and messages from distressed young people on Christmas Day , according to the charity. Photograph: Thinkstock

Childline volunteers dealt with over a thousand calls, texts and messages from distressed young people on Christmas Day , according to the charity. O(...)

A Childline operator who allegedly slept for hours during shifts is challenging her dismissal for alleged gross misconduct, an Employment Appeals Tribunal has heard.

A Childline operator who allegedly slept for hours during shifts is challenging her dismissal for alleged gross misconduct, an Employment Appeals Trib(...)

 Minister for Children James Reilly:  introduced the change in an amendment, co-sponsored by Senator Jillian van Turnhout, to the Children First Bill.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The introduction of an effective ban on slapping children will send out the message that under no circumstances is it acceptable to hit a child, Mini(...)

Modular housing, as demonstrated by the Dublin local authorities at a demonstration event. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some 500 units of modular housing will be provided as emergency housing for homeless families across Dublin, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly h(...)

The ISPCC says it is “deeply concerned” at the numbers of households with children becoming homeless and living in accommodation it calls “unsuitable” and “ill-equipped to meet their needs”. File photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

The use of hotels and B&Bs to accommodate homeless families with children should be banned here, as it is in other jurisdictions, the Irish Soc(...)